Vitangelo Bavaro

vitangelo bavaro

August 7, 1957 ~ April 10, 2024

Born in: Giovinazzo,Bari, Italy
Resided in: Fort Lee , NJ

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Vitangelo Bavaro of Fort Lee, NJ. The devoted husband, cherished father, doting grandfather and esteemed baker found Heaven on April 10, 2024 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Giovinazzo, Bari, Italy, August 7, 1957 to Raffaella Bavaro and the late Angelo Bavaro.

Vitangelo embodied the essence of resilience and hard work from an early age, immigrating to the United States from Italy when he was a teenager. In 1990, his American Dream was realized when he opened Vitangelo’s Bakery in Edgewater, NJ with his wife by his side. He was proud to serve his community traditional Italian delicacies and poured his heart into every cake and pastry.

Outside the bakery, Vitangelo enjoyed trips to Cape May with his family, connecting with loved ones in his hometown in Italy and completing house and yard projects. There was nothing he couldn’t fix with some paint, nails and rope.

Vitangelo is lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Francesca Bavaro. He is also survived by his three children, Raffaella Bavaro, Anna Bavaro Marzello and Angelo Bavaro; his mother; his grandchild, Vincenzo Giuseppe Marzello, and a granddaughter on the way; and his three sisters, Consiglia Ruffa, Carmela Lopreiato and Nicoletta Cavalieri.

Family and friends may join us on Monday, April 15, 2024, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home, 327 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ. A funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at Madonna Church, 2070 Hoefley’s Lane, Fort Lee, NJ.


Morning of: April 15, 2024 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 7024

Funeral Mass: April 15, 2024 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Madonna R.C. Church On The Hill
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 7024

Entombment: April 15, 2024 11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 7024

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  1. What a tragedy to lose such wonderful man so young.our deepest condolences to the whole family. Pam and Luka

  2. Daddy,
    I miss you so much! My heart is broken in a million pieces. You were so strong and fought like hell. Thank you for teaching me valuable life lessons. Rest in peace my guardian angel. 🩵

  3. I’m at a loss for words. My love and condolences to the family 💗 Vito was a great man and raised amazing children that I’m proud to call my friends.

  4. Vitangelo – I will never forget the amazing times we had together in Cape May. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to design your website. It was my first professional website. I was still in college. I will always cherish how good you and your family was to me and I will always miss going to Restaurant Depot with you. May God bring you joy and happiness in the afterlife.

  5. I have nothing but great memories of Vitangelo Bavaro. I have known Vito and his family since January of 2008. Vito was a dedicated businessman who prioritized his family. Vito constantly aimed to be at the summit. He was very friendly and cordial to everyone who crossed paths with him. I always enjoyed his delicious hospitality, and he was a very talented baker. Vito loved to talk about soccer, Cape May, and anything regarding Italy! His passing has been surreal to me, and I extend my deepest sympathies to his entire family.

  6. Miss you so much daddy. Everything reminds us of you. You were so strong and fought so hard. It’s just not fair. God took away all your pain and suffering. You’re our forever guardian angel. Love you!

  7. I am totally at a loss for words. What a wonderful friend and family man. Last we spoke he told me he was doing good. My heart is broken and my Love to his family. God Bless him and may he rest in peace

  8. Angelo, my heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your dear father.
    Sending healing prayers and comfort during this difficult time. ❤️🙏

  9. To the Bavaro family our sincere condolences on the passing of Vitangelo. We were customers of the bakery in Edgewater for many years. We always remember him and his wife always ready to help. We found out too late of his passing or we would have been at the funeral to pay our respects.
    Lap and Ana Chan and family

  10. Vito – getting to know you these past few years was nothing short of amazing. Our last few months together were tough, but I cherished those hours we spent sitting there chatting and doing whatever made you happy. You quickly became my best bud. Your appreciation for the simple things in life has taught me so much, a lesson I will never forget. You were full of lessons, including how to properly park the cars in the driveway – I promise to make sure the family continues to do it your way. You raised the best son, who is the most wonderful person, and for that, I will be eternally grateful. Thank you for everything. I love you so much. Ciao.

  11. I am so sorry to hear this. I was a regular customer at Vitangelo Bakery and was very upset when they closed but I am glad he got to enjoy some years of retirement with his family. I lost my mom last year to cancer so I understand how painful this is. My thoughts are with you during this time!

  12. My husband and I loved Vitangelo’s Bakery and Vitangelo was such a lovely and kind soul. I was so sad when his bakery closed and always had hoped we would see him reopen somewhere.
    A wonderful tribute in Vitangelo’s honor would be a cookbook with all those delicious cookies, pies and cakes, that so many enjoyed for so many years, for his legacy to live on.
    He will be missed.

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